Yahoo has introduced video websites in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The sites are similar to the one that launched in the UK in early October and to Yahoo Video, which launched in the US in June.

They are designed to let users search videos from around the web and also to upload videos for sharing. The new European sites mostly feature videos in local languages.

Users can search for videos that may be hosted on other sites as well as those from Yahoo's database of hundreds of millions of music, news, sports, movie and TV videos.

The videos carry tags with different categories to help users find the types of videos they may want to see and users can subscribe to specific video channels.

In addition, site owners can share videos from the site by embedding Yahoo's video player with the video of their choice into their website.

Some of the localised sites will compete with other established video-sharing sites. In Germany, for example, is already a popular video sharing site. Google, which recently announced plans to buy dominant video-sharing site YouTube also has Google Video sites in seven European countries.